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Lighting Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn talks Personal Mythology, LED Art Design and Innovation





Today’s guest on the show is Lighting Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn. In this episode we talk about growing up with artists in the family, design school, pop culture, early hip-hop, street wear, cities being the coral reefs of the human population, personal mythologies, being black adjacent, including yourself, political exclusion, gentrification and God walking out of the room.

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Show Notes

  1. Bushwick, Brooklyn
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Studio 1Thousand LED Art Design and Innovation
  4. Museum of the City of New York (A staff favorite of New York Said)
  5. Moiré Interference Pattern
  6. How to make a Moiré Interference Pattern (YouTube Video)
  7. The staircase at the Museum of the City of New York marble stairs- Stairs are back for sharing ideas!
  8. The cross pollination of ideas- too much efficiency causes the loss of organic idea generation & collaboration.
  9. Detail: The Brilliance Behind Cooper Joseph Studio’s Starlight by Joseph Ward
  10. In Focus: Starlight: A precise constellation of LEDs takes shape and becomes the focal point for the Museum of the City of New York’s lobby by Aaron Seward
  11. Starlight
  12. Chris Cooper, AIA
  13. Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA
  14. Perot Family Offices, Dallas Texas
  15. The experience should only be experienced with the light.
  16. The story of American Dream
  17. Do you know the family story behind Seattle’s beloved baseball mitt? by Marcie Sillman
  18. Tsutakawa Family Profiled on KUOW by Maiko Kobayashi
  19. Constantin Brâncuși Sculptor
  20. Brâncuși Sculpture Images
  21. Isamu Noguchi American-Japanese artist
  22. Noguchi Sculpture Images
  23. Yayoi Kusama Japanese Artist
  24. Yayoi Kusama Art Images
  25. Did Yayoi Kusama conduct the first gay wedding? (It is Pride Month in New York so we thought we’d share this article too)
  26. Bronze splinters really hurt
  27. So they broke a 350 piece of Japanese pottery…what had happened was…
  28. Wabi-sabi
  29. Japanese Pottery
  30. “Do the work, be successful for yourself aesthetically but don’t place too much value on it” Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  31. Be prideful of your work, but be humble.
  32. Art World People vs. Artists
  33. Jeff Staples New York Said Episode: Jeff Staple talks Streetwear Ambassador, 20 Years of Staple Design and Reed Space
  34. George Tsutakawa Painter, Sculptor
  35. Modesty counts
  36. Noguchi Coffee Table
  37. Design Within Reach Noguchi Coffee Table
  38. Aquemini Album – Outkast– Slump Track on YouTube (Baby Gotta Eat)
  39. Artspeak and artist alignment
  40. Neurological connections in creatives
  41. Asperger Syndrome
  42. What Is Autism?
  43. Dave Chapelle Gayle King Interview (Dave Chappelle on fame, leaving “Chappelle’s Show” and Netflix special)
  44. “I was talkin‘ to a guy… he basically said to me that comedy is a reconciliation of paradox,” Chappelle told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “And I think that that was airreconcilable moment for me. That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn’t feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like. It just didn’t feel right.”
  45. Comedy is the resolution of disparate concepts coming together.
  46. “A lot of my work is juxta-positional.”  Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  47. Over connectedness
  48. The difference between basic and minimal
  49. Why Intellectuals Love to Take the Kardashians Seriously
  50. To Our Daughter Kylie Jenner Video on YouTube
  51. Tumblr
  52. The Blue Planet
  53. “Cities are the coral reefs of the human population.“  This is a part of my personal mythology. Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  54. Sanctuary Cities
  55. It took a longtime to call myself a New Yorker.
  56. Queens, NY
  57. Monoculture breeds conservatism which is dangerous.
  58. Brooklyn, NY
  59. New Yorkers are not friendly, but they are helpful.
  60. Pigeons and Hawks in New York
  61. Look out for the people who are directly adjacent. It is really important to look out for people here.
  62. Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
  63. Small town community
  64. Black Adjacent and Adjacent
  65. Sarah Lawrence College
  66. Do not live an undiscovered life.
  67. The challenging times of defining your identity.
  68. Ripple Bar
  69. Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  70. Learn your New York history to respect the people who live there.
  71. Earsnot Graffiti Artist
  72. alife
  73. Only NY
  74. Supreme
  75. G Shock
  76. ComplexCon
  77. The low barrier to entry
  78. Indie Bands
  79. Gentrification
  80. I Am –Nas 3rd Album
  81. Illmatic Full Album
  82. Nevermind
  83. Deltron 3030 Full Album
  84. Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.
  85. The Score
  86. DJ Bruce Lee
  87. DJ 1000
  88. Rakim – The 18th Letter (Always and Forever) + Lyrics Youtube Video
  89. Blackalicious
  90. Hip Hop Music In New York
  91. When doing research you should learn about origin sources
  92. The Roots
  93. DJ Qbert
  94. DJ Stretch Armstrong
  95. DJ Dirty Harry
  96. Hot Waxx Music Store on Jamaica Ave
  97. Beat Street Records on Fulton
  98. Fat Beats
  99. Serato
  100. “I love neon…it is evocative in a historical sense.”  Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  101. Infinity Mirrors
  102. “Light art is intrinsically technical.” Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  103. The more precise more it costs.
  104. Ideas are expensive.
  105. OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  106. Luck favors the prepared.
  107. Go out there and make opportunities for yourself.
  108. You have to go out there and get it in NY.
  109. Whether or not people are altruistic?
  110. The acceleration of the commodification of creativity & culture.
  111. Prioritizing commerce over everything else.
  112. When you bring money into the picture, God walks out the room.
  113. In Conversation: Quincy Jones by David Marchese in Vulture
  114. Monetizing creativity
  115. Plenty to learn from other people.
  116. Thank you Sophia Wallace for the connect!

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